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Fury at piles of trash ‘left by students’

Piled up: Waste in Fallowfield PICTURE: MERCURY

STUDENTS have been accused of leaving ‘mountains of rubbish’ behind as they head off from university for the summer.

Residents say fly-tipping in the streets has become a ‘nightmare’ at the end of term in student areas of Britain.

Now homeowners in Manchester, Sheffield and Newcastle have taken photos of piles of waste — including sofas and beds — in a bid to ‘shame’ councils and universities into taking action.

‘The number of student houses has increased massively and the problem of rubbish is getting worse every year,’ said Sue Hare, 53, of Fallowfield, south Manchester. ‘Always around the time when the academic year is finishing there’s a horrendous mess.’

Christine Williams, 62, who lives in the Crookesmoor area of Sheffield, said students have left piles of rubbish on her doorstep.

‘Students are provided with bags to fill up — but it’s led them to believe they can put anything on the pavements,’ she said. ‘A lot will have food waste in the bags and that only takes a couple of days for foxes to rip open, then the rats are in heaven.’

Sheffield’s universities said they worked to ‘minimise the impact of students moving house’. A spokesman for Manchester’s universities said: ‘All students are aware of their responsibilities.’